The Cleanse

Well here I am again. It seems that I have finally gotten a moment of quiet to update this beast! Who knew that a new job and moving to a new house could be so demanding? I’m not complaining because both are major blessings- I just am acknowledging that my wide open calendar is non existent now.

I did my best to stay on point during the move itself but the new job has tempted me in big ways. Due to his parents request, my charge finds himself getting happy meals at least once a week after hanging out at baby gym. I went from never being around fast food to it being every Friday. Now, the actual fast food has never really been tempting and being g-free doesn’t give me much to work with but I used to always turn to a good ol’ milkshake in high school. Since Jax always has his sippy cup it was too easy for me to just order the small shake. Let me tell you though- one shake a week for the past two months is enough to make you feel gross. Between that and the convenience foods often found when moving- I found myself back at 195ish range. I sighed when I saw it and new it was time to get my act back together.

Thanks to Nate, I got a new iPod to help me in my quest to stay on track with my weightless and blogging goals. I have had it a mere week but have already found some neat apps. I’m sure I will share more on them later.

Today I started the advocare 10 day cleanse. I had heard about it when student teaching but thought it was a scam at the time. It then popped up a ton on the blogs I read so I ordered it back in October to try. Right before I was going to start it I got a positive result on pregnancy test. We were excited since we had been told we would never have children. I read it shouldn’t be used during pregnancy so I didn’t start. However, after two weeks of waiting to go in to the dr we discovered that it was a false negative. I could have done the cleanse then but thought it futile with Christmas around the corner. It seemed like every time I went to try it… I got sick or we had crazy stuff happen. I decided yesterday that enough was enough. I had already bought a weeks of clean food and had been using my fitness pal to log my food. So I pulled out the box and started this experiment this morning.

Today I weighed myself and found that I am at least close to what I weighed before the move (191). I’m hopeful to hit the 189 mark by the end of these 10 days!

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It’s All About the Menu Baby!

I am not sure how many of you have discovered the wonderful stress saver of making a menu, but let me tell you right now that if you aren’t making a menu each week- you should be!

When I was living off campus at school a few years ago, I used to spend so much of my time worrying thinking (during class of course) of what I was going to make for dinner each night.  By dinner time each night, I was a bucket of stress. Who wants to come home to that? About this same time, my wonderful friend Lisa told me one day that she would meal plan a week or two out, grocery shop every Saturday, and prep as much as possible on Sunday and then spend little time in the kitchen the rest of the week. I remember thinking ‘Well of course you have it together! You are like Martha Stewart!’

I reached my wits end when I was student teaching only a year later. We had recently gotten married- so of course I wanted to impress Nate all the time with my meals. If I made good meals before we married, I wanted them to become GREAT meals.I would literally spend my lunch hour/prep hour quickly trying to find a recipe that had all the things we had at our house.  I usually gave up and then picked something that sounded good. After long day at school, I would go to the grocer (almost every day mind you) to pick up what I needed for that meal. This of course, would result in me finding a lot of excess that we did not need. I ended up only spending a lot extra cash and filling our itsy bitsy flat to the brim with junk.  I may have been cooking healthier and more delicious meals than when we were merely engaged… but coming home to a woman crazy  stressed out about preparing the food is just as depressing.

Then I had an epiphany- What if I meal planned? So I began making menus on extra lined sheets of paper. Within a few weeks, I was finding that I was less stressed out… our meager bank account wasn’t dwindling as quickly as it had been before… in fact it was beginning to look healthy again! I discovered that the half hour after I got done teaching could be spent putting my feet up for a well deserved rest. My husband was no longer afraid to ask questions during meal prep. What had I stumbled on?

It has been about a year and a half since I discovered the power of a simple meal plan.. and I refuse to go back. We have a few things in the house that can be go- to items in case we just have one of those days- you know the ones- where you just can’t bring yourself to spend time in the kitchen.. you just want something fast. We also don’t necessarily eat the food always in the order that it appears on the list… you can pick what sounds good off that list for each day. It may be organized but you can be flexible within it.

My MIL was so impressed by watching how our system worked that she has begun to incorporate it too. Give it a shot for yourself- I promise that if you will like it!

Later this week, I hope to share the menu I have for this week, along with the recipes for our Valentine’s Dinner! I will be sure to keep you all posted as well to how this week is looking for weight stuff. I will be starting a new job as a nanny to a 2 year old which I am sure will be its own workout. My duties as a nanny in conjunction with the carb cleanse I am starting tomorrow should help kickstart something

Healthy Sexy Hair- Leave in Conditioner

Oh winter.. thou can be heartless! Not only do you leave us frigid in the snow and winds, but you leave my hair dry and frail! You don’t care that I don’t blow dry my hair and rarely put it up… you still dry out these treses to no end! I was hoping that this product could help soften your cruel blow…

NO SUCH LUCK

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Healthy SEXY Hair Leave in Conditioner Spray- I had some big hopes for this product. Many of my friends swore by this line of products. Perhaps I would have luck with some of the other stuff.. but not this product. I received it in my IPSY bag this month. (For those of you who don’t know, IPSY is a company that sends out a make up bag worth of stuff every month to its customers to try out and review. It is 10 bucks a month and has given me the opportunity to try a lot of neat products. Check out their link to find out more.)  I spritzed the product into towel dried hair as the directions state and brushed it through. I was excited to feel how soft and smooth the product would make my hair. This winter is destroying my locks! Within a few hours though it became quite clear that all I had done was make a greasy mess out of my hair. Instead of feeling smooth and sleek- my hair felt like a oil well. Yuck! Not really what I had in mind. Thankfully, I didn’t spend a fortune to get the whole bottle. I shall be seeking my conditioner from the normal sources from now on.

Have any of you used this product? What were your thoughts? Suggestions on how to get it to not make me as slick as an oil well?

It Starts Today

Hey All!

Here I am in the bloggin world with no one to really follow me yet. I just knew that I needed to do this if I wanted to keep up with this lifestyle. Kind of like an online journal.. except that who ever wants to read it can. It is the only way that I can think of that can track my progress over my journey that doesn’t involve odd scrapbooks and such. (Don’t judge)

In a way this is completely terrifying: knowing that there are going to be pictures of me that I don’t like showing to others online. I am not proud of where I am, but such is life. One must take what one has and keep truckin’ and that is exactly what I plan to do. You can’t change the past but you can influence the future. I am hoping that this future is brighter and happier than where I am at today.

I will be honest, I won’t post everyday. I won’t stick completely to my eat clean plan but hey, you know what, at least I am trying. Here I am today:

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This morning I weighed in at 191 pounds. That means that I am down 5 pounds since last week. Not a bad start!

Bust- 44.4 inches

Waist-40.5 inches

Hips: 44.5 inches

Arm: 13.5 inches

Thigh: 27 at top and 22 in middle

This week on the docket we have: 3 mile walks, ab exercises, and a day at the beach!

Meals: clean eating for me! Nothing processed at least 90% of time with a focus on fresh produce! I will keep updates on how this is going for me.

-Meg